Durant Named NBA Most Valuable Player

By Jim McCoy Tue 6th May SportsKevin DurantNBA MVP
Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant has won his first NBA MVP award. The Thunder announced the honor Tuesday ahead of an afternoon news conference. Durant, a 6-foot-9 forward, won his fourth scoring title in five years by averaging 32 points per game. While three-time All-Star Russell Westbrook was out of the lineup following his most recent knee surgery, Durant averaged 35 points and 6.3 assists as the Thunder went 20-7 and remained among the league's elite. Durant's run of 41 consecutive games with at least 25 points was the third-longest streak in NBA history. Durant finished second to Miami's LeBron James the previous two years. This year, Durant finished with 119 first-place votes. James was second with six first-place votes and Blake Griffin was third.

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